Top team members celebrate 25 years

Skerries Mills opened to the public as a Community Heritage Centre on the 4th of June 1999. Celebrations for the 25th birthday of the centre were special as two staff members were acknowledged by friends, colleagues and customers for their 25 years of service.

Paddy McCormack turns his hand to a great many tasks, from the turning of the Skerries sail mills and essential maintenance to managing front-of-house operations. He is known for delivering excellent guided tours. Over the past 25 years, Paddy has shown the heritage sites to visitors from Perth to Poland, from China to Chicago and beyond. His knowledge of the two sail mills and watermill’s extensive history and the workings of these national monuments is vast. Reviews always mention his welcoming helpful manner, his smile and his enthusiasm for the Mills.  With a mix of groups using the centre for Art and recreation, Paddy is everyone’s go-to man, always willing to help.

Marion Grant is the baker in the Mills Watermill Café and over 25 years has built a reputation for delicious freshly baked goods. Her selection of scones, traditional brown bread, and her Apple Tarts are Skerries favourites. Marion has seen the Watermill café grow from a tearoom to a full breakfast and lunch venue and the addition of outdoor dining on the Willow Terrace. Marion, originally from Dublin City, has been kept busy as word of Watermill Café and her successful receipts have spread.  A bakery first opened in the historic mills in 1840, thanks to Marion the tradition is carried through to today. She enjoys painting when she finds some spare time and has exhibited her artwork in the vibrant Café.


The team at Skerries Mills were delighted to mark the special day on the June holiday as they look forward to the next 25 years welcoming those seeking the best in heritage and hospitality.